Tried & True: Rolex goes to places where few brands only dream of going. The stories behind the introduction of each collection are as fascinating as their specific characteristic, making it difficult for others to surpass the new-set new records. On the one hand, Rolex creates the most refined timepieces, and on another, tests the limits by engaging with tough-to-achieve projects. The Explorer is the result of one such memorable expedition!
The story began in 1952 when the dauntless explorers needed a watch to withstand the harshest conditions.The Swiss Maison has always received objectives from the public and considered their feedback to improve design, precision, durability, and quality. Rolex was adamant about sending their creation to the peak of the mighty Mount Everest, so in 1953, they equipped climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and his team with Oyster Perpetual watches.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Rolex launched the ‘Explorer’ as a fitting tribute to the adventurer’s bold spirit. Since then, collectors have always sought the stunning Explorer pieces. At The Luxury Hut, we have a vast inventory of pre-owned Rolex Explorer watches, including vintage, rare, and special edition models.…
No matter what model you’re looking for, we’re sure you will find something that meets your preference. You can rest assured of getting the best quality second-hand watches at the best price. You can browse our online collection or book an appointment to visit us at our Hatton Garden store for a more personal shopping experience. We’ll be happy to assist you all along!
Born to celebrate Everest climbing in 1953, the Explorer was a major turn for Rolex and shaped the sports segment of the watch brand in an alluring way. It is not just the watch’s design that wows everyone; its backstory is equally phenomenal. In May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first climbers to conquer Mount Everest’s highest peak. But, they weren’t alone on their journey as a Rolex chronometer accompanied them. Today, collectors refer to them as the ‘Pre-Explorer’ models.
In late 1953, Rolex officially launched the ‘Explorer’ with Ref. 6350 to commemorate the win. The watch featured a 36mm robust steel case, a black 3/6/9 dial layout with the ‘Explorer’ name written on the dial, a bubble back case back, and the movement Calibre A296. Even today, this continues to be the staple design of every Explorer timepiece.
The sophisticated appearance of the Rolex Explorer stands for anything but simplicity. It is not cluttered with extra elements but provides good readability through the clean dial. The hands and the indices are luminous, which allows the explorers to read the dial in complete darkness. The unique cambered bezel makes the watch appear slim and elegant, which in addition to the Oyster bracelet, offers a balanced combination of style and functionality. The watch’s simple yet classic design allows it to go to the mountains and the office, making it the ‘ideal nice watch’.
The Luxury Huthosts a wide variety of pre-owned Rolex Explorer watches, all thoroughly checked to ensure the best quality. As market leaders for certified second-hand luxury watches, we keep the watch-buying process simple, straightforward, and speedy. So, be sure to buy a watch you’ll love with complete peace of mind. We also offer 0% APR finance on all watches over 6 months to help you buy your favourite watch conveniently.
The introduction of the Explorer in 1953 marked the brand’s incursion into producing tool watches. Born to celebrate Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s successful ascend to Mount Everest, the watch became an epitome of reliability and durability for the adventurers. It radiates simplicity with the characteristic 3/6/9 dial, steel case and Oyster bracelet.
To perfect the explorer-favourite tool watch, Rolex released a more refined version, the Rolex Explorer II, in 1971 to meet the needs. All the Explorer models are highly coveted, and getting your hands on some of these variants can be challenging.
On May 29th, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. While Norgay wore his Rolex Datejust to the peak, there’s still a debate on Hillary’s Oyster Perpetual model reaching the summit. However, Rolex didn’t miss the opportunity to triumph its win and soon launched the official Explorer collection with the name ‘EXPLORER’ on the dial in late 1953. Rolex was already testing watches that could provide a perfect time at 70% less oxygen and -50°F, and the Everest climb proved to be the perfect marketing scope.
The Rolex Explorer Ref. 6350 was released in 1953 and was the first reference to wear the moniker ‘EXPLORER’ on the dial. The watches had the typical explorer 3-6-9 black dial, large hour markers, and Mercedes hands. There were some references with pencil hands and syringe minute hands. At 36mm, it was a tool watch that could accurately tell the time in the most challenging conditions.
Like all Rolex models, the Explorer has undergone notable modifications throughout its history. However, the watches still retain some attributes of their fundamental design; they are:
Size: 36mm and 39mm
Dial: Black & White
1953: Rolex introduced the first ‘Explorer’ Ref. 6350 to celebrate Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay’s reach of Mount Everest peak.
1955: Launch of the Explorer Ref. 6610
1959: Rolex introduces Explorer Ref.1016
1989: Explorer Ref. 14270 made its debut
2001: Born of Explorer Ref. 114270
2010: Rolex releases Explorer Ref. 214270
2016: Introduction of the Rolex Explorer Ref. 214270 with MKII dials
2021: Newly launched Explorer Ref. 226570
The Rolex Explorer has an interesting design philosophy and radiates convincing design, quality, and functionality. Even though it is an entry-level Rolex model, the watch secures its position as one of the most sought-after. Almost all Explorer models are good investments, but these are the key models of choice:
Ref. 214270 – This reference is the base model of the collection, produced by Rolex in 2010 and features a 39mm steel case, black dial and the iconic smooth bezel.
Ref. 14270 – Rolex launched this reference in the late 1980s and introduced sapphire crystal instead of plastic. The watch features glossy dials, sapphire crystals, and luminous markers.
Ref. 1016 – This is the longest-running Explorer reference (1959-1989) and the most sought-after vintage Explorer. It started with a glossy & gilt dial, but later on, Rolex switched to matte dials with painted numerals. The Ref. 1016 is the perfect hybrid of sporty and dress watch!
Ref. 6610 – This reference is a collector’s rejoice featuring a flatter back, glossy black dial and gilt printed indices. This design sets the template for the later explorer models.
As you now know, the Explorer embodies the spirit of adventure. Its impeccable design and accompanying characteristics make it a cult favourite. Our inventory carries a wide variety of Explorer models for both men and women that will be a perfect addition to your collection. Buying a pre-owned luxury watch is an important decision, and you must always buy from trustworthy dealers to ensure authenticity. The Luxury Hut boasts itself as one of the leading used luxury watch sellers in the UK, offering a service that is second to none.
We believe in going the extra mile to make our customers happy and satisfied as they buy their dream Explorer model. Moreover, if you’re unsure of the watch, our experts will narrow down the best characteristics of the watches, be it vintage, new or old, to help you pick the right piece that meets your wants and needs.
Have you already selected your dream Explorer model? Explore the options available on our online shop and purchase the watch through a fully safe and secured payment getaway. Alternatively, if you want to try the look and feel of the watch on your wrist, visit us at our Hatton Garden store with a prior appointment.
Every watch you purchase online will include a Certificate of Authenticity, a 12-month Comprehensive Guarantee, and a 14-day Easy Return Policy. Additionally, you’ll get free worldwide shipping via FedEx and free next-day delivery in the UK via RoyalMail.
Whether you’re in the market for an Explorer or a Daytona, rest assured that The Luxury Hut will offer premium quality second-hand watches for the best value. If you’re planning to sell your watch, we can offer you a fair market value so that you don’t have to go elsewhere. You can trust us completely for selling and buying a luxury timepiece. And, if you just wish to get your watch appraised before you sell it, rely on us to provide you with an accurate valuation.
Moreover, we can also offer the best trade deal! You can part exchange your luxury watch for any watch from our collection. Our team of experts are always willing to give you quick assistance!
If you need any of the three services, just fill in our online form or call us on 0207 242 9160 for a detailed discussion.